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Thursday, 24 July 2014

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Call for traffic lights to allow major Carlisle road to re-open

Traffic lights could be installed to try to alleviate the chaos caused by the closure of one of Carlisle’s main roads.

Dalston Road photo
Roadworks on Dalston Road, Carlisle, at the Cummersdale junction

Dalston Road was closed two weeks ago as part of a major housing development on land to the west of Morton.

A new sewer system needs to be installed and it was ruled that there simply was not enough room for the machinery and works to allow the road to remain open.

It has caused chaos in the west of the city, with traffic jams and road collisions reported almost daily on the A595 Wigton Road which is the most commonly used diversion.

The News & Star had received reports of frustrated motorists attempting to drive through the works, but Cumbria County Council – who authorised the road closure – insists this is not the case.

A council spokesman said: “The contractor has put barriers in place across the road and the site is also surrounded by interlocking security fencing to prevent any through traffic, although access for residents is being maintained from the Peter Lane end of the site.”

The spokesman also refuted claims by drivers that there did not appear to yet be any work taking place, insisting that the contractor brought a “significant amount of plant, equipment and materials” on to the site on the first day of the closure.

“Excavation work is now under way and the road closure is necessary to protect the safety of the public and contractors,” he said. “This is expected to take 14 weeks and the council is working closely with the contractor to ensure the works are carried out as soon as possible.

“We are closely monitoring the site, and hope to partly reopen the road with traffic controls once the works progress to a point where the road becomes wide enough to safely allow single lane traffic.”

A signed diversion is in place via Peter Lane and the A595 Wigton Road. Access into Cummersdale is possible from the city via traffic lights.

A way through Dalston Road for pedestrians and dismounted cyclists will be maintained at all times.

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